On This Day: Minnesota Vikings’ Jim Marshall runs wrong way with recovered fumble

On October 25, 1964, after recovering a fumble against the 49ers in San Francisco, Minnesota Vikings star defensive end Jim Marshall runs 66 yards the wrong way into his own end zone. The four-year veteran believes he has scored a touchdown, so he throws the ball out of bounds in celebration, resulting in a safety for San Franscisco and putting an exclamation point on one of the worst gaffes in NFL history. Despite Marshall’s error, the Vikings win, 27-22.

“It was the nuttiest thing I’d ever seen,” said Minnesota offensive tackle Grady Alderman. 

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